Hydraulic Flywheel Energy Recapture Technology Being Advanced for Historic Eco-Friendly Vehicle

  Hydraulic Flywheel Energy Recapture Technology Being Advanced for Historic
                             Eco-Friendly Vehicle

Lane Motor Museum and Thrustcycle to Restore 1967 Science and Mechanics
Vehicle with KERS

PR Newswire

HONOLULU, March 15, 2013

HONOLULU, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Thrustcycle Enterprises LLC and the
Lane Motor Museum are working to fulfill the promise of a vehicle built in
1967 called the Gyro-X, which featured a working hydraulic flywheel kinetic
energy recovery system (KERS) forty years before the introduction of KERS to
Formula One. Designed and engineered by famed automotive designer Alex
Tremulis and gyroscopic systems expert Thomas Summers, the Gyro-X was featured
on the cover of the September 1967 edition of Science and Mechanics.

Thrustcycle Enterprises LLC was contracted to rebuild the Gyro-X's
flywheel/gyroscopic system and related control systems to function as
originally intended. The rest of the vehicle is being restored by the Lane
Motor Museum. The restoration is being done in commemoration of Alex Tremulis'
100^th birthday anniversary in 2014.

The Gyro-X employed a hydraulic system within its gyroscopic system.
Hydraulics are an effective medium for transferring energy, while flywheels
are an efficient means of storing energy for short-term stop and go
situations. "The Gyro-X was a vehicle well before its time," says Thrustcycle
Enterprises' CEO Clyde Igarashi. "Not only was it an early demonstration of a
gyro-stabilized vehicle, but it was also a very early example of a KERS
capable vehicle." He continues:

  Not many people know that the Gyro-X was designed to recycle kinetic energy
  via a hydraulic flywheel system back in 1967. The flywheel/hydraulic KERS
  might have been a byproduct of gyroscopic stability, but with today's energy
  and pollution challenges, it may very well be the most important technology
  in the Gyro-X.

Thomas Summers, who designed the car's gyroscopic system, was issued a U.S.
patent for it in September of 1969. "The Gyro-X uses hydraulic controls and a
gyroscopic system that is quite different from what we're building today for
our other vehicles," says David Ryker, Thrustcycle's Chief Technical Director.
"Hydraulics present certain challenges for us, while also allowing us to do
some things better than with pure electrics. There is definitely a place for
hydraulics in energy recapture for certain types of vehicles." Ryker is
familiar with the system as he was advised for his own gyroscopic vehicle in
the 1990's by Summers. He continues:

  We're exploring the implementation of both hydraulic and electric KERS
  technology in vehicles that don't necessarily need gyroscopic stability,
  like 3 and 4 wheelers. These vehicles will benefit from the increased
  control and performance the gyros enable, while gaining the ability to
  recycle kinetic energy. The Gyro-X being demonstrated at the Lane Motor
  Museum is a great showcase for the technology.

Alexander Sarantos Tremulis (born on January 23, 1914) was a famed industrial
designer who was inducted into the Automobile Hall of Fame in 1982. His
illustrious career included positions in Cord Automobile, Duesenberg, General
Motors, Tucker Car Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Tremulis designed the
gyroscopically stabilized Gyro-X for Gyro Transport Systems Inc. He also
designed a streamlined motorcycle Gyronaut X-1, which won the land speed
record at Bonneville in 1966.

The Lane Motor Museum is home to rare and unique vehicles, as well as those
that have been influential to the development of transportation. Boasting the
largest collection of European vehicles in the U.S, the museum is located 3
miles form Downtown Nashville, TN. The Lane Motor Museum features a
collection of 150 unusual cars and motorcycles not typically seen in the U.S.

Thrustcycle Enterprises LLC specializes in gyroscopic stabilization and
control technology, and energy efficient transportation systems.

Contact:
Clyde Igarashi
Email
http://thrustcycle.com/

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SOURCE Thrustcycle Enterprises LLC

Website: http://thrustcycle.com
Contact: Clyde Igarashi, 888-485-6350
 
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